News in the Humanosphere: Sudan’s president out of South Africa

Sudanese president Omar al Bashir. (Credit: Al Jazeera/flickr)

South Africa is legally bound to arrest and extradite the Sudanese president during his present visit for the African Union summit. But, while the Pretoria High Court was making it decision to arrest Omar al Bashir, he left. “A South African High Court ordered the government to prevent Mr. Bashir from departing until it issues a ruling Monday on whether the government is required to arrest him and hand him over to the international court. In the six years since the Sudanese leader was indicted, it is the closest the International Criminal Court has come to arresting Mr. Bashir.” (NYT http://nyti.ms/1FV9SgU)

Pope Hints at Content of Climate Encyclical...It will be released on Thursday. Speaking to tens of thousands people in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, he said it was “addressed to everyone”. He hoped it could spark “renewed attention to situations of environmental degradation and to recovery” and lead to “greater responsibility for the common home that God has entrusted to us”. People familiar with the encyclical say it will note the impact of climate change on the poor and discuss inequalities of wealth — already a major theme for the first pope from Latin America, where poverty is widespread — and population issues. Rich nations will be asked to re-examine “throw-away” lifestyles. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1FV5RZR)

Africa

The bodies of 18 west African migrants hoping to reach Europe have been found in the Sahara desert near Arlit in Niger, the International Organization for Migration said on Sunday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1Bco6O2)

Burundi’s independent electoral commission said it had filled two vacant committee positions, despite a boycott of the process by opposition parties, paving the way for contested elections. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1IVSSNF)

Madagascar’s constitutional court on Saturday threw out an attempt by parliament to oust President Hery Rajaonarimampianina for alleged constitutional violations and general incompetence. (VOA http://bit.ly/1Bcob4a)

The Ebola epidemic could flare up again in West Africa and health authorities are no better equipped to control it than they were a year ago, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Saturday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1C7nnZs)

MENA

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi asked his government on Saturday to consider postponing a smart card system for subsidised fuel which was due to come into effect in two days, state media said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1IVSSNM)

The U.N.’s special envoy for Syria says he has accepted an invitation from the government to travel to Damascus for talks with officials there. (AP http://yhoo.it/1BcqAfl)

UN-sponsored talks aimed at ending the conflict in Yemen by bringing representatives of the warring factions to Geneva are expected to begin on Monday, the world body said. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1BcqCUC)

The UN’s peace envoy to Syria said Sunday he would visit Damascus soon and renewed his criticism of the use of barrel bombs by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1BcqDaY)

The top United Nations official in Libya has strongly condemned an attack on the Tunisian consulate in the Libyan capital of Tripoli which resulted in the capture of ten consulate staff members. (UN News http://bit.ly/1FVah2V)

Asia

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry on Sunday allowed the international non-governmental organization Save the Children to resume operations, days after shutting down its headquarters in Islamabad and giving staff members 15 days to leave the country. (VOA http://bit.ly/1FV1VrX)

South Korea Sunday reported its 15th death from the MERS virus as the growing outbreak that has now infected 145 forced one of the nation’s biggest hospitals to suspend most services. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1BcqCnu)

The Americas

The Colombian army says it has killed a top commander from the country’s second largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army. The commander, Jose Amin Hernandez Manrique, known as Marquitos, was killed in the north-western province of Antioquia, the army said. (BBC http://bbc.in/1Bco8W5)

Three U.S. Republican senators met with senior Cuban officials Saturday in Havana, with one lawmaker saying the opening of a U.S. embassy on the island is “close.” (VOA http://bit.ly/1FV1X35)

Details have emerged of a high-profile meeting in Haiti between Venezuela and the United States. Thomas Shannon, a counsellor to the US Secretary of State, met the chairman of Venezuela’s national assembly, Diosdado Cabello. (BBC http://bbc.in/1BcoaND)

...and the rest

Countries’ current pledges for greenhouse gas cuts will fail to achieve a peak in energy-related emissions by 2030 and likely result in a temperature rise of 2.6 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, the International Energy Agency said today. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1FV5WN3)

Tests show a 38-year-old South Korean man admitted to hospital in Slovakia with suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome probably does not have the potentially deadly virus, the Slovak Health Ministry said on Sunday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1BcqDI0)

Opinion/Blogs

Why MERS Will Likely Crop Up Outside The Middle East Again (NPR http://n.pr/1FV2bHE)

Looking Beyond the Rhetoric of an African Union Year for Women (Africa Renewal http://bit.ly/1BcqDaV)

From China, Another Strike Against Legitimacy (Dart-Throwing Chimp http://bit.ly/1C7tc90)

Revealed: how the world turned its back on rape victims of Congo (Guardian http://bit.ly/1C7trBd)

How Should Donors Work with the Private Sector? (CGD http://bit.ly/1C7txbU)

Gender Equality at the G7 Summit (CFR http://on.cfr.org/1JSbI79)

Hill Briefing: The Ongoing Crisis in South Sudan (Enough http://bit.ly/1L9mcOh)

Will more donors ‘go Dutch’ to achieve gender equality? (Devex http://bit.ly/1L9mjJz)

Five myths about child labor (Guardian http://bit.ly/1eeVr0F)

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